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Sir Bradley Wiggins set for Archers cameo appearance

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Carole Boyd Image copyright AFP/BBC
Image caption Sir Bradley will have an encounter with Archers' stalwart Lynda Snell, played by Carole Boyd
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Media captionSir Bradley Wiggins' cameo appearance confirmed on The Archers

Sir Bradley Wiggins is to become the first Olympian to join The Archers when the gold medallist takes on a cameo role in the BBC Radio 4 soap.

He will play himself in the episode, broadcast to tie in with BBC's Sport Relief day on 21 March.

"Wiggo" will attend Ambridge to judge the winner of the village's Sport Relief charity event.

"It's not every day you get to star in the world's longest-running soap opera," said Sir Bradley.

"When I was asked to record a Sport Relief special for The Archers, there was no way I could turn it down," he said. "I grew up with it on the radio in the house."

While in Ambridge, the cyclist will also have an "amusing encounter with Lynda Snell and her rusty old bike", according to programme makers.

"Meeting the cast, the writer and the director was an honour and I really hope the storyline will raise awareness about Sport Relief's amazing work," said the four-time gold medallist and Tour de France winner.

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Image caption Sir Bradley joined cast members Stephen Kennedy (Ian Craig) and Joanna van Kampen (Fallon Rogers) for the studio recording

"The best thing of all is that the money you raise goes towards helping people living really tough lives here in the UK and across the world."

Previous guest turns on the long-running drama have included Dame Judi Dench, Chris Moyles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Annual fundraising event Sport Relief has raised more than £195m since 2002.

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